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Tomic Turns Back on Davis Cup

Australia is aiming to return to the Davis Cup final for the first time since it raised the Cup in 2003.

Bernard Tomic has no desire to join the quest.

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“I played so much Davis Cup in my life that it’s just something that I’m not motivated for,” Tomic told the media in Monte Carlo in comments published by the AAP.

“Don’t get me wrong, Davis Cup is an amazing event and it’s a huge thing for us in Australia, but it’s not my priority right now.”

The 43rd-ranked Aussie continued a downward spiral suffering his fifth straight opening-round exit in a Monte Carlo loss to Diego Schwartzman.

Tomic played for Australia during the 2016 Davis Cup campaign, but opted out of Davis Cup this year after his father, John Tomic, feuded with Tennis Australia over funding.

Australia will travel to Belgium for the September 15-17th Davis Cup semifinal.

Tomic, who has not won a match since his Australian Open second-round victory over Victor Estrella Burgos in January, says snapping his losing streak and regaining his Top 20 spot are his priorities.

“My priority is to get back into the top 20 in the world and push for the top 10,” Tomic said. “I wish them the luck.

“My priority now is getting into the top 10, back to the top 20 in the world, so I have to work hard, and once I settle myself, I can think more about playing Davis Cup.”

Tomic’s 2-6 record this season—combined with the fact Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson have been formidable singles starters leading Australia to victories over the Czech Republic and the United States—might make his availability seem like a non-issue. Consider Tomic owns a 17-4 career Davis Cup record and has beaten Belgian No. 1 David Goffin in two of three meetings.

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